Zeitgeist - Deus Ex Machina

An Invitation and Welcome

Delivered to each member of the team is an invitation, written by hand in neat, precisely perfect calligraphy on thick ecru paper in an iridescent ink that shimmers between shades of black, green, and blue.

The honor of your presence is requested
At the Stillwater residence
112 Cross-Candle St. #18
Central District
For Dinner and Cocktails at 8pm
Autumn 7

An additional sheet lists the menu for a 7 course meal, a wine list, and requests semi-formal dress and no weapons allowed at the table. No RSVP card is included; Marian obviously expects you all to attend and will badger you relentlessly if you do not.

Gun Alley
The Most Racist Place on Earth

Xelari Danyan Devontes, of course, approaches the workers on stage and is promptly shut down by some burly/rude individuals. They inform him that there was “some shit going down” and that he should be there.

Fortunately the lameness is interrupted by a ruckus involving flying creatures and the worlds worst magic missile mage. Every time a creature was killed by the mage’s magic missile it would come back, appearing right next to the man. After several turns, Marian Stillwater and Chance Ledoux, both yelled at the idiot to stop, hoping to save his life.

Gerard Pentecost on the other hand was having some issues, worrying about his pretty face. Xel somehow manages to “rub oil” on his “mace” in order to better combat the creatures.

Luckily everything dies and all but the dwarf died to the annoying creatures of “phasing.”

Kaybeau Arms Faire of DOOM
Don't Trust the NARC

With Xelari Danyan Devontes, the walking tank in tow, the Derps make their way to the Faire. They meet with Lockehart and she says some words. It all sounded like, “blah, blah, blah, I’m a dirty ho.”

After pointing out the obvious, she explained the layout of the fairgrounds and was generally not helpful.

They wander around a bit until they find themselves drawn to the tent of Heward Secum. He offers them all a drink in thanks for saving his life and introduces himself to Xel, who of course refuses to drink. Arcanis wonders if he could get someones initials etched onto his “sword.”

Soon the Derps make their way to Gun Alley to check out the latest in weaponized technology.

Rock Ruckus (the walking stereotype) makes so much noise that he draws their attention. A one time dockworker he has stumbled his way to fame and uses his story to make money. His panache for racy and vulgar stories has taken him far, endearing him to the dockworkers, but no one else.

The Meeting
"I arrived first!" -- Marian Stillwater

The Derps are summoned to the conference room. There is Saxby, older military gentleman with a monocle (Nigel Price Hill, basically a snitch), and Stover Delft. In the corner lurks a burly looking Elf in heavy plate that looks very uncomfortable. Saxby claims there have been “scandals” and that is why Nigel is there. Of course she would try to cover her ass.

It was all a farce. Nigel talked out of the side of his mouth and the Derps knew he was only there to help Saxby get rid of them all. She was a horrible troll who was scared her corruption and politics would be revealed for what they were.

Chance takes the opportunity to vent her frustration over the process and points out that the higher echelons should be scrutinized before the common folk, since so far the problem is coming from the King’s own.

Why are they armed?

The Derps take a night to rest and regroup before they go to issue their arrest warrant for Reed Macbannin.

Gerard Pentecost joins Chance Ledoux at the Salty Soldier tavern for a drink and finds himself still at the pub in the morning.

At the mayor’s mansion near Cauldron Hill the Derps enter casually under the guise of seeking aid for Rufus. Once there, they are told to wait in a rather pleasant garden filled with various servants. Mayor Macbannin enters to help, but is soon served as Gerard breaks out the warrant.

Of course this leads to a battle as the mayor shakes his fist in sarcasm and commands his servants to attack. Furniture is thrown, shots are fired, sink holes of witch oil bubble and soon The Derps realize that the hurting the mayor kills his servants. Marian Stillwater takes out three minions with a single shot of her revenge filled gun. It is with single determination they eliminate the minions, bringing the mayor to his knees.

The earth trembles and the mayor claims he can stop the hill from collapsing in on itself. Reluctantly they follow him down a stairwell, where they find a dead woman with several amulets, that leads to the Bleak and probably more problems.

The Plot Thickens
bolted to the rib cage

At RHC headquarters The Derps discuss their plans for the day. Marian Stillwater and Gerard Pentecost believe that Nevard Secum could be attacked by people from the Bleak Gate and/or “cats.” The cats have metal plates bolted to their rib cage in order to protect their vile Witch Oil. Just as Gerard says, “Zombie bomb cats,” Chance Ledoux enters and gives them both her best not amused look.

With that they decide to head to Dawn Square [ GM inserts bad pun here] to hear what Nevard has to say.

Despite their best efforts The Derps soon discover that nothing in life is fair [Thanks DM]. Zombie bomb cats and false druid skeletons appear to ruin their day as Nevard tries to speak.

Battle ensues and braziers are toppled in a futile attempt to kill Nevard. Split to either side of the stage Chance keeps the southern cats occupied with her face, Marian and Gerard handled the northern cats handily.

With bravery and luck The Derps triumph and receive Nevard’s vision of the future.

A very trippy, drug addled future.

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Message to Gale from Marian

In order to secure our cooperation, the attacks on the factories must stop. This is non-negotiable. You would agree, I believe, that our resources and influence would be put to better use in working on our mutual concerns. We have arrayed against us a legion of wealthy, powerful, and some still unknown foes; ones that will not be swayed by a few fires.

I am placing a document in the postbox of my apartment. Please retrieve it for review.

See Addendum 1: The Cost of Rebuilding (A rather extensive 48 page document examining the losses in profit and equipment caused by recent terrorist attacks – which many factory workers are beginning to adjust for by reducing wages and extending hours for workers – showing that these losses are negligible compared to the amount of gold being made by the factory owners and investors.)

The Doctor
Really hate Lorken

After the dust from all the paperwork settled, The Derps go to retrieve the good doctor Wolfgang Von Reklinhausen from Lorken Kell. With little fanfare he directs his man Rufus to guide The Derps to the doctor, in a super poor part of town.

After convincing the doctor they were not there to kill him, they are set upon by non-human characters.

A shadowy figure suddenly appears and attacks Chance Ledoux with a claw attack. She falls, the doctor heals her and she uses her snapleaf to go invisible, moving away.

The Widowspeaker attacks Shadow Man and in the other room Gerard Pentecost takes down one of the minions.

The Shadow man, or possibly Leone Quital, escapes out the entrance with the doctor and The Derps are left to search for the documents on their own. After their discovery they escape from the underground church through a privy tunnel.

Wand Smuggling
gnomes be snitches

Once The Derps subdued the would-be “smugglers” they were able to garner enough information from the WaryEye Gnomes to plan a course of action. They took the smuggler ship and with the help of the Gnomes convinced the wand carrying ship they were legit.

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They were quickly discovered to be not smugglers by the Captain Amba, who quickly surrendered after saying very little.
With the ship and the wands captured they returned to the RHC as heroes.

Pine Island
The Raid?

The Derps prepare to raid the warehouse that holds the smuggled weapons that Lorken Kell mentioned.

The drop was supposed to happen at midnight, because that is when bad people do bad things.

With a great lack of stealth they roll up on the smuggling ship before they are able to set sail. With a mighty, “Don’t raise your sails!” Gerard Pentecost announces their arrival.

Battle ensues.

The wharf the raid took place at:

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